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Sunday, September 22, 2002

Trip Report - Boiling Creek - Wednesday, September 18
by Larry McDuff

Five Slackers in four kayaks and a solo canoe turned out for the Boiling Creek Trip led by Bob Andrews. We met at the Oasis truck stop on I-10, loaded kayaks belonging to me, Nancy, and Lacey in Bob's truck, and drove to Florida with Peggy in the shuttle vehicle. Peggy left her car at the Highway 87 bridge across the Yellow River. With her kayak loaded on Bob's truck we all piled in and drove on Eglin dirt roads to Boiling Creek.

For those of you who haven't been there, this water is like something coming out of a Florida limestone spring - clear, cool, and flowing rapidly. On a hot day Bob wasted no time in pronouncing the first swim call, a call that was to be repeated often as we drifted downstream.

The fall flowers were spectacular, with pitcher plants along Boiling Creek and Cardinal flowers on the Yellow River among my favorites. We took a side hike on a sandy bottom stream where we saw beaver signs, a deer trail, and a small carniverous plant whose name I don't remember. Peggy brought a picnic table and hot dogs which we set up in Bob's canoe for lunch. The vegetarians feasted on Nancy's cantelope and carrots.

After a final swim in the swift-flowing Yellow River and a final Bob Andrews scenic detour which was actually a short cut, we arrived at the take-out. While Bob and Peggy went to get Bob's truck, the rest of us talked to two guys who had just bought a motorboat and were launching it for the first time. They told Nancy they couldn't pay their rent, but at least they now had a motor boat.

Maybe next time they will buy a kayak AND pay the rent.